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The River Nymph (Leisure Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – February, 2008

4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Nymph Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Leisure Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (February 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843960116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843960112
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
On the Mississippi Delilah Raymond wins the floating bordello The River Nymph from professional Clint Daniels in a game of cards. However, she hopes to turn respectable with no cards or hookers to manage. Instead she wants to convert the River Nymph into a cargo ship.

To accomplish her objective she needs a partner so she considers Clint, who faced the added humiliation of having to strip after losing a side bet with Delilah. He reluctantly accepts her offer. As they travel the river together with her cargo, they begin to fall in love. However, they face trouble from amoral competitors using hitmen and other dangerous criminals; her only hope to achieve her goal lies in trusting him and his relationship with the nearby Sioux, who revere him as venerable Lightning Hand.

Readers will obtain a feel for nineteenth century Life on the Mississippi with this vivid historical romance. The lead couple is a fascinating duet who gambles on cards, cargo, and love. Though the bad guys contain no redeeming quality, the fun story line is fast-paced from the moment Delilah stuns the cardsharp and never slows down as he risks his life to help her dream come true.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Been hankering for a wonderful Western romance? Shirl Henke (with help from her husband Jim) delivers nonstop action, adventure and sexual tension aboard THE RIVER NYMPH.
Set in post-Civil War St. Louis, this story serves up the historical detail readers crave while pitting professional gambler Delilah Raymond against sexy Southern hero Clint Daniels. Clint doesn't stop at losing his shirt when Delilah bests him at cards: when he loses his riverboat, the Nymph, to Delilah and vows to win them both back, he loses his heart (and sometimes all rational thought!) as well.
All through this fast-paced tale, you'll wonder if Delilah stands a chance: she wants to give up the gambling life; intends to run mining supplies up the treacherous Missouri River to Fort Benton and make a LOT of money. Plenty of dastardly men assume they can take advantage of her along the way--and they resent her savvy enough to kill her. And while Clint is the ultimate gentleman, saving her from those villains as well as from her own naiveté, Delilah never plays the dumb female. She and Clint are evenly matched competitors--and lovers--to the end.
A cast of colorful characters, constant give-and-take between the hero and heroine, and a lush blending of history and humor make THE RIVER NYMPH an enjoyable read from the first scene to the last. I'm looking forward to Shirl's next one!--Reviewed by Charlotte Hubbard
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By Lily on January 10, 2014
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Clint Daniels loses his shirt, literally, and riverboat to lady gambler, Delilah Raymond. But he gets the last word when she has to bargain for his help in hiring a crew for the boat; he agrees to help her and her uncle for a 49% ownership of the boat she had won in their game. Clint is somewhat of a rogue and he makes moves on Delilah frequently. Delilah rebuffs him, she has no use for the rebel seducer. Delilah has learned the art of a "poker face" but Clint just seems to rile her and her temper gets the best of her every time. Clint loves to rattle Deelie as he has dubbed Delilah and most of the time he is a grinning, easy going rogue but his dark memories and past occasionally break through and Delilah sees shadows of a man who has a painful, hidden past. Going upriver with their cargo to the gold camps they are increasingly thrown together, straining Delilah's resistance to Clint and the plotting by her uncle and Clint's sister to get them together doesn't help. A book filled with passion and humor also.
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I bought this book when it first came out, in spite of a rather stupid cover. Not the new one but the original on the paperback. Glad to see it back, but then I'm a Henke addict. The book is a scream. You'll laugh your head off, especially when Delilah confronts Clint in his gambling den and bawdyhouse. The byplay between her and Clint's beautiful partner Eva is great, and then what the female gambler does to Clint out of sheer frustration and the beginnings of jealousy is a howl. But this is a story about a man traveling back into his bloody past. The farther up the Missouri river the steamboat goes the more Clint slips back into a time when, crazed with grief, he was a half mad killer. For all of that Delilah and Clint's little sister, a beautiful quarter-breed Sioux named Sky Eyes, are not about to let him "go Native" again. In fact, his Yankton Sioux family is not about to let him revert. His adopted father saw his "son's" soul being eaten away. This is another story of redemption and the saving love of a devious, slippery woman who knows what she wants and will fight to get it. It is also a story of adventure and more than a little excitement. A darned good read. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the hilarious scene upriver when Clint tries to get a band of troublesome Sioux warriors to "smoke" dynamite with him. Very. very funny until you realize that it isn't meant to be.
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One of,the fastest reads ever! Very well written. The hero and heroine are a dynamic duo. These characters had me LOL. I enjoy Shirl Henke's books. She does her research w/Native American culture and this book had some yummy, steamy scenes. On to the next!
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